Imagine being in such good shape a gym tells you to cover up all your hard work. That’s what a woman in Richmond, California says she was told to do at Planet Fitness.
Tiffany Austin told KTVU on Wednesday that a gym employee asked her to cover up because her toned physique was intimidating other members. Hows that for being a good role model?
She was aware that Planet Fitness bans ‘gymtimidation’ and provides ‘judgment free’ workout zones but she had no idea that meant she couldn’t wear a pink top and shorts.
She says a staff member said, “Excuse me, we’ve had some complaints you’re intimidating people with your toned body, can you put on a shirt?”
Austin agreed to put a shirt over her top but as she waited for an employee to bring her a shirt, a second worker called her out.
Deciding she’d had enough, she asked for the manager and demanded her membership money back before leaving. She said she felt intimidated and harassed by the place that says no intimidation.
A company spokesman told KTVU that the gym ‘strives to make everyone feel comfortable’ and that staff can ask someone to change their attire at their own discretion.